Phelan happy to land midfielder

13 Sep

Hull caretaker boss Mike Phelan says the Tigers had been chasing Markus Henriksen for 12 months before finally wrapping up a deal.

Hull: Phelan happy to land midfielderHull: Phelan happy to land midfielder

The midfielder signed from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar just before the transfer window closed and will spend the next few months on loan with the club before completing a £4.5million permanent deal in January.

Tigers fans can be forgiven for knowing little about Henriksen, but Phelan certainly knew his stuff and has been tracking the player for quite some time.

Henriksen came on as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw with Burnley at the weekend, and Phelan is convinced he will be a big hit at the KCOM Stadium.

“I came across Henriksen probably 12 or 15 months ago,” said Phelan. “I saw certain things about him which I thought could be an asset to this club.

“It’s important as a midfield player that you can do all the roles in midfield. I might be old fashioned in that but I think as a midfield player you’ve got to be box to box and you’ve got to do all the things well.

“I saw certain things in him. He’s got good quality in his passing range, he’s a good size, he’s athletic and he scores a few goals. I thought that would make for a good addition, along with Ryan Mason. He falls into those categories as a forward thinking player, who’s played at the top level.

“Ryan’s still wanting to get into that England squad but Henriksen is already in his national team and doing very well. He’s highly regarded by his country.”


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